Writing a Critique Definition: A critique is a systematic analysis of an idea or piece of literature that discusses its validity and evaluates its worth. Qualities of a good critique: A good critique answers these questions: Who is the author and what are his/her qualifications? What is its significancehow does it rate against other material on the same subject? By the same author? How well does the author meet his/her objectives? What is the plan, method? Is it well conceived? Does it help achieve the author's objectives? What are the underlying assumptions? Are they stated or do they lurk behind a stance of neutrality and objectivity? How do assumptions and biases affect the validity of the piece? Are the assumptions/statements supported by evidence? What evidence and ideas has the author failed to consider? Are the author's judgments and conclusions valid? Pre-Writing Process: Read the piece to be critiqued very carefully. Reread the material. a. Divide it into paragraphs and sections b.